Augsburg College staff quoted in International Educator magazine

nafsa - logoAugsburg College staff members Lori York, associate registrar, and Leah Spinosa de Vega, director of global initiatives and off-campus study, were quoted in an article for International Educator — a bi-monthly magazine published by NAFSA: the Association of International Educators.

The article focuses on the specific challenges faced by veterans who wish to study abroad and how schools can better facilitate global education opportunities this group of students.

To help navigate the nuances of veterans’ benefits, “I would encourage the study abroad office to tap into the expertise of the School Certifying Official on their campus,” York said in the article.

Read: Helping Military Veterans Study Abroad (pdf) from the International Educator.

Christine Dawson ’13 MSW shines as coordinator for HeroCare

Christine Dawson ’13 MSW was featured on the cover of the Regions Hospital Foundation Newsletter for her outstanding work with the HeroCare Program for veterans at Regions Hospital. Dawson, who is herself a veteran, coordinates services and advocates for patients in Regions Hospital’s mental health programs. Read about Dawson’s role on the Regions Hospital website.

Learn more about Dawson’s experiences as an Augsburg student by reading “Launching a new mission,” an article from the fall 2013 Augsburg Now alumni magazine.

Veterans’ Lounge receives MPCC nod

Vets-Lounge-US-Bank-and-Augsburg-College-3-1024x680Augsburg’s new Veterans’ Lounge was featured in the Minnesota Private College Council newsletter in November.

The lounge, which opened recently as a gathering place for veterans on campus, has become a sanctuary–of sorts–for some student vets and offers a place to escape, relax, talk, and study.

To read the Veterans’ Lounge article, visit the Minnesota Private College Council site.

Learn more about the dedication of the lounge, which was made possible through contributions from U.S. Bank, on the Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations blog.

Veterans exhibit in Christensen Center

vet_exhibit The multimedia exhibit, “Warrior To Citizen: Stories of Minnesota’s Most Recent Veterans,” will be on Augsburg’s campus through Friday, Feb. 13. The exhibit is on display in the glass room next to the Student Art Gallery in the Christensen Center. This exhibit was designed by Kristin Farrell of the Center for Service, Work, and Learning at Augsburg.

The “Warrior To Citizen” exhibit features personal stories and artifacts gathered from 30 service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibit captures an important piece of Minnesota history and offers a public space for thinking and talking about the ways military service impacts individuals and communities, and what veterans have to contribute. Continue reading “Veterans exhibit in Christensen Center”

Augsburg honors veterans and families

veteransOn Nov. 13, Augsburg College will hold a reception and celebration for students, faculty, and staff who are currently serving members of the military, their families, or veterans. This event will honor the military service of these members of the Augsburg community, give them a chance to connect with fellow veterans, and inform them of various benefits available.

“Providing an opportunity for this population to build community is one of the reasons for this event,” says Michael Bilden, director of adult admissions and part of the military benefits committee. The group formed last spring to discuss ways Augsburg can better support the needs of veterans and military service members. Continue reading “Augsburg honors veterans and families”

Augsburg Honors Its Veterans

militaryOn Nov. 8, Augsburg College will hold a reception and celebration for students, faculty, and staff who are currently serving members of the military, their families, or veterans. This event will honor the military service of these members of the Augsburg community, give them a chance to connect with fellow veterans, and inform them of various benefits available.

“Providing an opportunity for this population to build community is one of the reasons for this event,” says Michael Bilden, director of adult admissions and part of the military benefits committee. The group formed last spring to discuss ways Augsburg can better support the needs of veterans and military service members. Continue reading “Augsburg Honors Its Veterans”